Mindfulness Therapy Could Be New PTSD Treatment

A study out of the University of Michigan determining the effects of new mindfulness treatments revealed significant improvements in veterans’ ability to cope with PTSD.

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New Treatment May be Effective in Blocking Memories

A PhD candidate at Western University in Pomona, California has discovered a mechanism in the pre-limbic cortex of the brain that is responsible for recalling aversive and traumatic memories that are often associated with PTSD. Her research group may have also developed a treatment that would prevent the recall of these types of memories without actually damaging the brain or the integrity of the original memories themselves.

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Childhood Problems Could be a Key Factor in Developing PTSD

A recent study could link PTSD to people who experienced trauma or violence early in life. At Aarhus University in Denmark, Psychological Scientist Dorthe Berntsen set out to determine whether or not the origins of PTSD in soldiers could be traced prior to combat experience.

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Veterans Day

We would like to take a moment to thank all of the men and women who have served to protect us as well as all of the families who did the equally difficult task of maintaining the home front so that the rest of us could benefit from the incredible service their soldiers provide.

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About Face

One of the hardest things about dealing with PTSD is not only feeling as though there is nobody you can talk to who will understand what you are going through, but also finding someone else who is willing to speak to you face-to-face about their own experiences and how they have overcome some of the most difficult situations imaginable. The National Center for PTSD has found a way around this dilemma.

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Book Review: Here, Bullet by Brian Turner

Poetry today has been has pushed into the corners of the world of academia, and with good reason. Gone are the Walt Whitmans and Robert Frosts that made poetry accessible to the masses and detailed subjects that inspire, haunt, and connect us all. In his debut collection, Brian Turner seems to be taking the reins from his predecessors and putting poetry back in the public eye. Here, Bullet isn’t anything that you would expect.

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Combustion: A Poem

by Andrew Helton Do landmines worry? Is there a point at which they realize thick rubber soles are kicking up dust nearby? Heart begins to race. No limbs to speak of. No defense. Only spontaneous combustion. I saw a man on Broadway once with no arms or legs, his wife or sister or something pushing [...]

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PTSD on Trial

With the recent rise in, or perhaps attention to, incidents of violence involving soldiers, both deployed and returned to civilian life, courtrooms are experiencing what could result in a dramatic change in legislation. We are all familiar with the insanity plea and how it has been used as both a tool and a defense during trials, but lawyers have begun an effort to throw PTSD into the mix.

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The Dogs of War

It is no secret that the dogs who serve over seas feel the effects of the environment and the duties they perform. Over the past two years, however, veterinarians studying and diagnosing behavioral problems in dogs have noticed startling similarities to the symptoms humans experience when suffering from PTSD.

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Pets and PTSD: Who Rescued Whom?

Last week we discussed how pets overseas are helping soldiers get through their deployment a little easier, but pets can also be greatly beneficial to them throughout their civilian life, especially those suffering from PTSD. Recent studies have shown that having a pet can reduce the symptoms of PTSD in as many as 82% of patients.

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Barks From Baghdad

Dogs have been making peoples lives better for centuries, but soldiers deployed overseas have found a new kind of solace in their companionship.

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